Public Health England (PHE) revealed earlier today that it was investigating a confirmed case of meningococcal disease, reports Cornwall Live .
The young man attends St Brendan’s Sixth Form College in Bristol, which saw two cases of the infection last spring.
His sister has written in a public post on Facebook: “We as a family have an update. I’m sorry to tell everyone in this way that [my brother] is going to pass away.
“Today is the *last day* that visitors can come and see [him]. Visitors need to arrive and leave by 10 am tomorrow. There is a local premier inn if people need to stay we appreciated if far away. We are at the Royal Cornwall Hospital. Just let me know if you are coming and what time to expect you.
“I know it won’t be for everyone but if you want to come and say goodbye to [my brother] please leave today. My mum has found strength in how many people have come already.
“You are not intruding. If he is still with us tomorrow this will just be for the close family to say goodbye to him. The pain is crippling.
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“He looks just like [he is] sleeping. The solidarity and love here is formidable. So if your anxious you will be greeted by others feeling the same.”
Deputy director of health protection at PHE’s South West health protection team, Mike Wade, said: “Our thoughts are with the family of the patient at this difficult time and we want to reassure people that all appropriate public health actions are being taken.
“It is highly unlikely that this case is related to the previous cases at St Brendan’s which occurred 14 months ago. The student has not attended the college since the end of the summer term at the beginning of July.”
It is not known if the man in question contracted meningitis at Boardmasters, but a PHE spokeswoman said the infection usually becomes apparent three to five days after a person is first exposed to the bacteria.
Administering antibiotics to close contacts was “standard procedure” with confirmed cases of meningitis, she said.
A spokesman for Boardmasters said: “The organisers and medical teams at Boardmasters festival can confirm that an 18-year-old male who had been unwell in the few days prior to the festival, was transferred to a hospital in Cornwall after being treated on site.
“Public Health England are aware of the case but we have no further information currently as to the source of infection.”